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OSHA Trade Release
October 9, 2003
Contact: Bill Wright
Phone: (202) 693-1999

Association of Diving Contractors International Aligns with OSHA

WASHINGTON -- Improving the health and safety of commercial divers is the fundamental goal of an Alliance formed today between the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the Association of Diving Contractors International (ADC).

"This Alliance gives us the opportunity to work with experts in the commercial diving industry," said OSHA Administrator John Henshaw. "Commercial divers, who operate often under extreme hazardous conditions, will benefit from this collaborative relationship that has one very important goal -- their safety and health."

Fred Aichele, ADC President echoed those sentiments, saying the Alliance reinforces a solid relationship the Association has enjoyed with OSHA. "The ADC is pleased to enter into an Alliance with OSHA," he said. "This agreement will continue and strengthen a relationship of many years of close cooperation between the two organizations; a relationship between government and industry that has proven effective in reducing accidents and fatalities in the commercial diving and underwater workplace."

The OSHA-ADC Alliance encourages both organizations to work together focusing on safer working conditions for commercial divers, particularly in the areas of increased barometric pressure and differential risks conditions. Progress will begin with the development of training courses and education programs on safety issues specific to commercial diving and underwater services. This includes sharing up-to-date commercial diving information s